In great news for the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks have been cleared to begin practice on Friday and potentially play at home against the Blues on Saturday; the news comes right after their Thursday-night game against the Golden Knights was postponed due to coronavirus protocols.
Here’s the team’s statement, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
“As of Thursday afternoon, no additional tests have come back as confirmed positives,” the team announced in a statement. “If the team and staff continue to receive negative results, the NHL and the NHLPA have approved the team’s resumption of practice on Friday. In such event, Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues will move forward as scheduled.”San Francisco Chronicle
So the team has to continue to have negative test results, but the front office is clearly optimistic that will happen.
The NHL announced on Wednesday that the Sharks’ Thursday match-up against Vegas was postponed, and reports that Tomas Hertl had been placed on the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list were confirmed, per the San Francisco Chronicle. It wasn’t clear whether Hertl had tested positive himself or was in close contact with an at-risk person.
But so far, it appears the Sharks may miss just one game, which is vital as the team tries to form an identity under coach Bob Boughner. That game against rival Vegas will have to wait for another day, and focus has shifted to St. Louis as the Blues prepare to visit San Jose.
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